Many of us see Uber as a late night savior for getting home safe after a night out on the town, but for some, it’s more than that.
There’s a segment of Uber customers who depend on Uber as one of their main forms of transportation. Instead of driving their own vehicle or taking the bus into work, they opt to hail Uber rides to handle most of their commuting.
While this may have its advantages, it also poses the threat of racking up hefty Uber bills throughout the month. Luckily, there’s a solution to saving money if you’re a frequent Uber passenger — Uber Ride Pass.
In this article, we’re going to show you how you can use Uber’s monthly subscription service to save money on your Uber trips throughout the month.
If you’re a frequent Uber passenger, read on so you can decide if Ride Pass is right for you.
What Is Uber Ride Pass?
Uber Ride Pass is a monthly subscription for frequent Uber passengers. Think of it as the Amazon Prime of the ridesharing world.
Uber created Ride Pass to provide consistent and predictable fares for its frequent users. By allowing its riders to pay a monthly fee, they can lock in prices on routes they take every single day.
No longer will you have to worry about getting charged due to traffic, weather, and surge prices. Instead, you can pay for a monthly Ride Pass and watch your savings pile up over the course of the month.
Benefits of Ride Pass
The Ride Pass helps you save money throughout the month every time you choose to ride with Uber. For $24.99 per month, you can receive discounted fares, avoid surge and fluctuating prices on eligible routes, and get free access to JUMP bikes and scooters.
If you often take the same route to work, we’re sure you’ve encountered surge pricing due to the time of day, traffic, and weather. In some cases, you may end up paying almost two times as much for the same route in the same day.
All of these savings opportunities and additional benefits lead to nearly 15% savings on your rides every month. And to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth, you’ll be able to track your savings all from within the Uber app.
Before getting too excited, you should consider whether or not Ride Pass is available in your city.
Where Is Ride Pass Available?
Ride Pass is only available in select cities across the United States. If Ride Pass is available in your city, you’ll see the Ride Pass option on the Uber app menu. If not, you may have to stay tuned and wait until Ride Pass is available to you.
While this list continues to grow, Ride Pass is available in the following cities across the United States:
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- San Diego
- San Antonio
- Las Vegas
- Orange County
- New Orleans
- St. Louis
Do you see your city on the list? Great! Let’s see how you can get started with Ride Pass today.
How Does Uber Ride Pass Work?
Signing up and using Uber Ride Pass is fairly straightforward. You simply need to open your app, purchase a pass, book rides, and watch your savings grow.
1. Open the Rider App
The first step is figuring out if Ride Pass is available in your area. To do so, you can scan the list we’ve provided above or you can open your app and navigate to your menu options. If Ride Pass is available in your city, you can tap on the Ride Pass option in the menu.
2. Purchase a Ride Pass
From there you can read through the benefits of signing up for a Ride Pass. If you’re on board with the $24.99 monthly charge, you can tap on the “Get a Pass” button at the bottom of the screen.
3. Save on Your Uber Rides
After you’ve made your purchase, you can start riding and racking up savings throughout the month. Every time you book a ride using Ride Pass, your savings will add up within the app allowing you to see exactly how much you’ve saved with your monthly subscription.
Your Ride Pass will automatically renew every month, however, you can adjust your settings if you’d rather not have it renew automatically.
You may also notice that within your Uber app, there is an option for Uber Rewards. While this also helps you save on Uber rides, it isn’t exactly the same as Ride Pass.
Uber Ride Pass vs. Uber Rewards
At first glance, Uber Ride Pass and Uber Rewards may appear as similar — if not the same — savings options. While there is some crossover between the two savings programs, they’re actually quite different.
Uber Ride Pass is a monthly subscription plan that allows you to receive price protection on all eligible routes — typically all UberX and UberPool routes. You must pay a monthly fee to have access to Ride Pass and price protection on routes all throughout your city.
On the other hand, Uber Rewards is a loyalty program that’s free to join that lets you collect points for every dollar you spend on your Uber rides. Once you rack up rewards points, you’ll receive access to perks like flexible cancellations, priority pickup at airports, and premium support.
When you’ve reached the Platinum and Diamond points level, you can also receive price protection on one route with UberX.
This is the same price protection you receive with Ride Pass, however, Ride Pass gives you price protection on many routes while Uber Rewards only gives you protection on one route.
Uber Ride Pass FAQ
Do you have more questions regarding the Ride Pass? Let’s go over some of the finer details so you can decide if Ride Pass is right for you.
1. Can I refer others to sign up for Ride Pass?
Currently, Uber isn’t offering incentives for referring friends to the Ride Pass program. Make sure to stay tuned because we wouldn’t be surprised if this was implemented in the future.
2. What should I know about renting JUMP e-bikes and scooters with Ride Pass?
As mentioned above, you’re able to receive one free 30-minute ride every day with your Ride Pass. These rentals are subject to availability and are only for a limited time.
In order to receive your one free ride per day, you must book through the Uber app. After your 30-minutes are finished, you’ll be charged the standard local pricing for that area.
If you’d like to see if JUMP e-bikes and scooters are available in your city, you can check availability on JUMP’s website.
3. Where does Ride Pass work in my city?
Ride Pass works for all UberX and UberPool areas in your city. In order to see where these areas are, you can open the app and see map details by tapping on Ride Pass in the menu.
4. Where can I find help regarding my Uber account?
If you’re having issues with your current Ride Pass or Uber account, you can reach out to Uber by phone, online chat support, email, and through your app.
Be clear and concise when communicating your inquiry, and you’ll have the best opportunity to work through your issue.
5. Does Lyft have a similar subscription plan?
Similar to Uber, Lyft also has several subscription options to help you save money. Lyft’s subscription options include an All-Access Plan, Smart Savings Plan, Commute Plan, and Personal Plan.
Save on Your Daily Commute
Uber offers Ride Pass subscribers low prices on the routes they take every single day. No longer will you have to worry about unwelcome surprises the moment you decide to head home after a long day of work. For only $24.99 per month, you can ensure that your daily commute isn’t subject to hefty surge pricing upcharges.
And the nice part is that the monthly additional cost for your membership is quickly outpaced by how much you’re able to save on your Uber trips. If you’re a frequent Uber passenger, the Ride Pass pays for itself.